Beyond the Great Mountains
A visual poem about China
Age level: K-2
Genre: Children's Literature
Topic/Theme: Chinese Culture, Picture Poetry
Awards: none found
-Ed Young in an interview on the format of Beyond the Great Mountains
Lon Po Po
This Red Riding Hood story is a winner of the 1990 Caldecott medal.
The Emperor and the Kite
As the illustrator, this book won the Caldecott honor back in 1967.
Seven Blind Mice
This book, both written and illustrated by Ed Young, also won the Caldecott honor in 1992.
Applicable Education Standards
RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
RL.1.10 With prompting and support, read prose and poetry of appropriate complexity for grade 1.
The students will duplicate Chinese symbols as well as create a few of their own.
Connection to Students
I would like to use this book to start a discussion of where everyone is from, and show how we can appreciate each other's stories and backgrounds.
This book can be used for teaching visual poetry as well as how to appreciate other countires and cultures.
I want this book to help students look at other countries, as well as other student's backgrounds, in an appreciative way. That they are looking to accept and understand one another in where they come from.
Culturally Relevant Examples
Symbols and Calligraphy